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the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and
they did help him.

14:032:004 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all
the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the
land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find
much water?

14:032:005 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that
was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall
without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made
darts and shields in abundance.

14:032:006 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them
together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and
spake comfortably to them, saying,

14:032:007 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the
king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him:
for there be more with us than with him:

14:032:008 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God
to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested
themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

14:032:009 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants
to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and
all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto
all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,

14:032:010 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust,
that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?

14:032:011 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die
by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall
deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

14:032:012 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his
altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall
worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?

14:032:013 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the
people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those
lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?

14:032:014 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my
fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out
of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out
of mine hand?

14:032:015 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you
on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any
nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine
hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall
your God deliver you out of mine hand?

14:032:016 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and
against his servant Hezekiah.

14:032:017 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and
to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of
other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand,
so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of
mine hand.

14:032:018 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the
people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them,
and to trouble them; that they might take the city.

14:032:019 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the
gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the
hands of man.

14:032:020 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah
the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

14:032:021 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men
of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the
king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own
land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they
that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the
sword.

14:032:022 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the
hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

14:032:023 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and
presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified
in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

14:032:024 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto
the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

14:032:025 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done
unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was
wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

14:032:026 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his
heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the
wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

14:032:027 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made
himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious
stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of
pleasant jewels;

14:032:028 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil;
and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.

14:032:029 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and
herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.

14:032:030 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of
Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the
city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

14:032:031 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of
Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was
done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know
all that was in his heart.

14:032:032 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness,
behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet,
the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
Israel.

14:032:033 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his
death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

14:033:001 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:

14:033:002 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like
unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast
out before the children of Israel.

14:033:003 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father
had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made
groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served
them.

14:033:004 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the
LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.

14:033:005 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two
courts of the house of the LORD.

14:033:006 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the
valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used
enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar
spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of
the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

14:033:007 And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the
house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon
his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen
before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

14:033:008 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of
the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they
will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according
to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the
hand of Moses.

14:033:009 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to
err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had
destroyed before the children of Israel.

14:033:010 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they
would not hearken.

14:033:011 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host
of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns,
and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

14:033:012 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God,
and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

14:033:013 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard
his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his
kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.

14:033:014 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on
the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in
at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up
a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced
cities of Judah.

14:033:015 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the
house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the
mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast
them out of the city.

14:033:016 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon
peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to
serve the LORD God of Israel.

14:033:017 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high
places, yet unto the LORD their God only.

14:033:018 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his
God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name
of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel.

14:033:019 His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his
sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high
places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was
humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the
seers.

14:033:020 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his
own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

14:033:021 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and
reigned two years in Jerusalem.

14:033:022 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as
did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the
carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served
them;

14:033:023 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his
father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

14:033:024 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his
own house.

14:033:025 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired
against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his
son king in his stead.

14:034:001 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.

14:034:002 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and
walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither
to the right hand, nor to the left.

14:034:003 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young,
he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the
twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the
high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the
molten images.

14:034:004 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and
the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the
groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake
in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the
graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

14:034:005 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and
cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

14:034:006 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and
Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

14:034:007 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had
beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the
idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to
Jerusalem.

14:034:008 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged
the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah,
and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of
Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.

14:034:009 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered
the money that was brought into the house of God, which the
Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of
Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of
all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.

14:034:010 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the
oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the
workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and
amend the house:

14:034:011 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn
stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which
the kings of Judah had destroyed.

14:034:012 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them
were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari;
and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to
set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill
of instruments of musick.

14:034:013 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers
of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of
the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.

14:034:014 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the
house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law
of the LORD given by Moses.

14:034:015 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have
found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.

14:034:016 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king
word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy
servants, they do it.

14:034:017 And they have gathered together the money that was found in
the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of
the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.

14:034:018 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the
priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the
king.

14:034:019 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
law, that he rent his clothes.

14:034:020 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan,
and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah
a servant of the king's, saying,

14:034:021 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in
Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is
found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out
upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the
LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.

14:034:022 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to
Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath,
the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in
Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that
effect.

14:034:023 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell
ye the man that sent you to me,

14:034:024 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses
that are written in the book which they have read before the
king of Judah:

14:034:025 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out
upon this place, and shall not be quenched.

14:034:026 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the
LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;

14:034:027 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself
before God, when thou heardest his words against this place,
and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself
before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I
have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

14:034:028 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be
gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see
all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the
inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.

14:034:029 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of
Judah and Jerusalem.

14:034:030 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the
men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the
priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small:
and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the
covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.

14:034:031 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before
the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his
commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all
his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the
covenant which are written in this book.

14:034:032 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin
to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according
to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.

14:034:033 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the
countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made
all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the
LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from
following the LORD, the God of their fathers.

14:035:001 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem:
and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the
first month.

14:035:002 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them
to the service of the house of the LORD,

14:035:003 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were
holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which
Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall
not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your
God, and his people Israel,

14:035:004 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after
your courses, according to the writing of David king of
Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.

14:035:005 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the
families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after
the division of the families of the Levites.

14:035:006 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare
your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the
LORD by the hand of Moses.

14:035:007 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids,
all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to
the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks:
these were of the king's substance.

14:035:008 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the
priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel,
rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the
passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle
and three hundred oxen.

14:035:009 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and
Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave
unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small
cattle, and five hundred oxen.

14:035:010 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their
place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the
king's commandment.

14:035:011 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the
blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

14:035:012 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give
according to the divisions of the families of the people, to
offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses.
And so did they with the oxen.

14:035:013 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the
ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and
in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all
the people.

14:035:014 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the
priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in
offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore
the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the
sons of Aaron.

14:035:015 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place,
according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman,
and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at every
gate; they might not depart from their service; for their
brethren the Levites prepared for them.

14:035:016 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to
keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar
of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

14:035:017 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover
at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

14:035:018 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the
days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of
Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests,
and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present,
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

14:035:019 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this
passover kept.

14:035:020 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho
king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by
Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

14:035:021 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with
thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day,
but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded
me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is
with me, that he destroy thee not.

14:035:022 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but
disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened
not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to
fight in the valley of Megiddo.

14:035:023 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his
servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

14:035:024 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put
him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to
Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the
sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned
for Josiah.

14:035:025 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and
the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to
this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold,
they are written in the lamentations.

14:035:026 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness,
according to that which was written in the law of the LORD,

14:035:027 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

14:036:001 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah,
and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

14:036:002 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

14:036:003 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned
the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

14:036:004 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah
and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho
took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

14:036:005 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.

14:036:006 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound
him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

14:036:007 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the
LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

14:036:008 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations
which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they
are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and
Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

14:036:009 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

14:036:010 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and
brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house
of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and
Jerusalem.

14:036:011 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign,
and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

14:036:012 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his
God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet
speaking from the mouth of the LORD.

14:036:013 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made
him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his
heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.

14:036:014 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people,
transgressed very much after all the abominations of the
heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had
hallowed in Jerusalem.

14:036:015 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his
messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

14:036:016 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words,
and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose
against his people, till there was no remedy.

14:036:017 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who
slew their young men with the sword in the house of their
sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old
man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his
hand.

14:036:018 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and
the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of
the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

14:036:019 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of
Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and
destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

14:036:020 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to
Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until
the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

14:036:021 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until
the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay
desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

14:036:022 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be
accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his
kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

14:036:023 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth
hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me
to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is
there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with
him, and let him go up.

Book 15 Ezra

15:001:001 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the
LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it
also in writing, saying,

15:001:002 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath
given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me
to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

15:001:003 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him,
and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build
the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is
in Jerusalem.

15:001:004 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let
the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and
with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for
the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

15:001:005 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin,
and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit
God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which
is in Jerusalem.

15:001:006 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands
with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with
beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was
willingly offered.

15:001:007 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of
the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of
Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;

15:001:008 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of
Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar,
the prince of Judah.

15:001:009 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a
thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,

15:001:010 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four
hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.

15:001:011 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and
four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of
the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto
Jerusalem.

15:002:001 Now these are the children of the province that went up out of
the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto
Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one
unto his city;

15:002:002 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah,
Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel:

15:002:003 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and
two.

15:002:004 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

15:002:005 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.

15:002:006 The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and
Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve.

15:002:007 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four.

15:002:008 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five.

15:002:009 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore.

15:002:010 The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two.

15:002:011 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three.

15:002:012 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two.

15:002:013 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.

15:002:014 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six.

15:002:015 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four.

15:002:016 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight.

15:002:017 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.

15:002:018 The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve.

15:002:019 The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three.

15:002:020 The children of Gibbar, ninety and five.

15:002:021 The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three.

15:002:022 The men of Netophah, fifty and six.

15:002:023 The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight.

15:002:024 The children of Azmaveth, forty and two.

15:002:025 The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven
hundred and forty and three.

15:002:026 The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one.

15:002:027 The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two.

15:002:028 The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three.

15:002:029 The children of Nebo, fifty and two.

15:002:030 The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six.

15:002:031 The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty
and four.

15:002:032 The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty.

15:002:033 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and
five.

15:002:034 The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five.

15:002:035 The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and
thirty.

15:002:036 The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua,
nine hundred seventy and three.

15:002:037 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two.

15:002:038 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and
seven.

15:002:039 The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen.

15:002:040 The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the
children of Hodaviah, seventy and four.

15:002:041 The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and
eight.

15:002:042 The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the
children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of
Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, in all
an hundred thirty and nine.

15:002:043 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha,
the children of Tabbaoth,

15:002:044 The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of
Padon,

15:002:045 The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children
of Akkub,

15:002:046 The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children
of Hanan,

15:002:047 The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of
Reaiah,

15:002:048 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of
Gazzam,

15:002:049 The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of
Besai,

15:002:050 The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children
of Nephusim,

15:002:051 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children
of Harhur,

15:002:052 The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children
of Harsha,

15:002:053 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children
of Thamah,

15:002:054 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

15:002:055 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the
children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,

15:002:056 The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children
of Giddel,

15:002:057 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the
children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.

15:002:058 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants,
were three hundred ninety and two.

15:002:059 And these were they which went up from Telmelah, Telharsa,
Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their
father's house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:

15:002:060 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children
of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two.

15:002:061 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah,
the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a
wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was
called after their name:

15:002:062 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by
genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as
polluted, put from the priesthood.

15:002:063 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of
the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim
and with Thummim.

15:002:064 The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand
three hundred and threescore,

15:002:065 Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were
seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were
among them two hundred singing men and singing women.

15:002:066 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules,
two hundred forty and five;

15:002:067 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six
thousand seven hundred and twenty.

15:002:068 And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the
house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for
the house of God to set it up in his place:

15:002:069 They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work
threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand
pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.

15:002:070 So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and
the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in
their cities, and all Israel in their cities.

15:003:001 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of
Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves
together as one man to Jerusalem.

15:003:002 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the
priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his
brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer
burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses
the man of God.

15:003:003 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them
because of the people of those countries: and they offered
burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings
morning and evening.

15:003:004 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and
offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the
custom, as the duty of every day required;

15:003:005 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of
the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were
consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a
freewill offering unto the LORD.

15:003:006 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer
burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the
temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

15:003:007 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters;
and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them
of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of
Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of
Persia.

15:003:008 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God
at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of
Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of
their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that
were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed
the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward
the work of the house of the LORD.

15:003:009 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and
his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the
workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their
sons and their brethren the Levites.

15:003:010 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the
LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and
the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the
LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

15:003:011 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks
unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for
ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great
shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of
the house of the LORD was laid.

15:003:012 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers,
who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the
foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with
a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

15:003:013 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of
joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the
people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar
off.

15:004:001 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the
children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God
of Israel;

15:004:002 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers,
and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your
God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of
Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

15:004:003 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the
fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with
us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together
will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king
of Persia hath commanded us.

15:004:004 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people
of Judah, and troubled them in building,

15:004:005 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their
purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the
reign of Darius king of Persia.

15:004:006 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign,
wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of
Judah and Jerusalem.

15:004:007 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath,
Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king
of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the
Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

15:004:008 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter
against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

15:004:009 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and
the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the
Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the
Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites,
and the Elamites,

15:004:010 And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnapper
brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest
that are on this side the river, and at such a time.

15:004:011 This is the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, even
unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side
the river, and at such a time.

15:004:012 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from
thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious
and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and
joined the foundations.

15:004:013 Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded,
and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll,
tribute, and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the revenue of
the kings.

15:004:014 Now because we have maintenance from the king's palace, and it
was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore
have we sent and certified the king;

15:004:015 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy
fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and
know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto
kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within
the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.

15:004:016 We certify the king that, if this city be builded again, and
the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no
portion on this side the river.

15:004:017 Then sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to
Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that
dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest beyond the river, Peace,
and at such a time.

15:004:018 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before
me.

15:004:019 And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found
that this city of old time hath made insurrection against
kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

15:004:020 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have
ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute,
and custom, was paid unto them.

15:004:021 Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that
this city be not builded, until another commandment shall be
given from me.

15:004:022 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage
grow to the hurt of the kings?

15:004:023 Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter was read before
Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they
went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to
cease by force and power.

15:004:024 Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at
Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of
Darius king of Persia.

15:005:001 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son
of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and
Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

15:005:002 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the
son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is
at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping
them.

15:005:003 At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side
the river, and Shetharboznai and their companions, and said
thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house,
and to make up this wall?

15:005:004 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names
of the men that make this building?

15:005:005 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that
they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to
Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning
this matter.

15:005:006 The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the
river, and Shetharboznai and his companions the Apharsachites,
which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:

15:005:007 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto
Darius the king, all peace.

15:005:008 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of
Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with
great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work
goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.

15:005:009 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who
commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

15:005:010 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might
write the names of the men that were the chief of them.

15:005:011 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants
of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was
builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel
builded and set up.

15:005:012 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto
wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king
of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and
carried the people away into Babylon.

15:005:013 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same
king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

15:005:014 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God,
which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in
Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those
did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they
were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he
had made governor;

15:005:015 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the
temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be
builded in his place.

15:005:016 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of the
house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even
until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not
finished.

15:005:017 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be
search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at
Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the
king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king
send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

15:006:001 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the
house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in
Babylon.

15:006:002 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the
province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus
written:

15:006:003 In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king
made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let
the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices,
and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height
thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore
cubits;

15:006:004 With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and
let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

15:006:005 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of
God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which
is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and
brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one
to his place, and place them in the house of God.

15:006:006 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river,
Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which
are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:

15:006:007 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of
the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in
his place.

15:006:008 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of
these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the
king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith
expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.

15:006:009 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and
rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven,
wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of
the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day
by day without fail:

15:006:010 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God
of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

15:006:011 Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this
word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set
up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a
dunghill for this.

15:006:012 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy
all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter
and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I
Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.

15:006:013 Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai,
and their companions, according to that which Darius the king
had sent, so they did speedily.

15:006:014 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through
the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of
Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the
commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the
commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of
Persia.

15:006:015 And this house was finished on the third day of the month
Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the
king.

15:006:016 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and
the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication
of this house of God with joy.

15:006:017 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred
bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin
offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the
number of the tribes of Israel.

15:006:018 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites
in their courses, for the service of God, which is at
Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

15:006:019 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the
fourteenth day of the first month.

15:006:020 For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of
them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children
of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for
themselves.

15:006:021 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of
captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them
from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the
LORD God of Israel, did eat,

15:006:022 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy:
for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the
king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the
work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

15:007:001 Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of
Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son
of Hilkiah,

15:007:002 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,

15:007:003 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,

15:007:004 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,

15:007:005 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,
the son of Aaron the chief priest:

15:007:006 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in
the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and
the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of
the LORD his God upon him.

15:007:007 And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the
priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters,
and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of
Artaxerxes the king.

15:007:008 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the
seventh year of the king.

15:007:009 For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up
from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he
to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.

15:007:010 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD,
and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

15:007:011 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes
gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the
words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to
Israel.

15:007:012 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of
the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a
time.

15:007:013 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of
his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of
their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

15:007:014 Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven
counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem,
according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;

15:007:015 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his
counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose
habitation is in Jerusalem,

15:007:016 And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the
province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people,
and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their
God which is in Jerusalem:

15:007:017 That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams,
lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings,
and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which
is in Jerusalem.

15:007:018 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren,
to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after
the will of your God.

15:007:019 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the
house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of
Jerusalem.

15:007:020 And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God,
which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow it out of the
king's treasure house.

15:007:021 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the
treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra
the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall
require of you, it be done speedily,

15:007:022 Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures
of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred
baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.

15:007:023 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be
diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why
should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his
sons?

15:007:024 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and
Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this
house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute,
or custom, upon them.

15:007:025 And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine
hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the
people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of
thy God; and teach ye them that know them not.

15:007:026 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of
the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether
it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of
goods, or to imprisonment.

15:007:027 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a
thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of
the LORD which is in Jerusalem:

15:007:028 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his
counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I
was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me,
and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with
me.

15:008:001 These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the
genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the
reign of Artaxerxes the king.

15:008:002 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar;
Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.

15:008:003 Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah:
and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an
hundred and fifty.

15:008:004 Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and
with him two hundred males.

15:008:005 Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him
three hundred males.

15:008:006 Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with
him fifty males.

15:008:007 And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and
with him seventy males.

15:008:008 And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael,
and with him fourscore males.

15:008:009 Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him
two hundred and eighteen males.

15:008:010 And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with
him an hundred and threescore males.

15:008:011 And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with
him twenty and eight males.

15:008:012 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and
with him an hundred and ten males.

15:008:013 And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names are these,
Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore
males.

15:008:014 Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them
seventy males.

15:008:015 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to
Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed
the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons
of Levi.

15:008:016 Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for
Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and
for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib,
and for Elnathan, men of understanding.

15:008:017 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the
place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto
Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place
Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the
house of our God.

15:008:018 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man
of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the
son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren,
eighteen;

15:008:019 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari,
his brethren and their sons, twenty;

15:008:020 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had
appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and
twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

15:008:021 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we
might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right
way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our
substance.

15:008:022 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers
and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because
we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is
upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his
wrath is against all them that forsake him.

15:008:023 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was
intreated of us.

15:008:024 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests,
Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

15:008:025 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the
vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the
king, and his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel there
present, had offered:

15:008:026 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents
of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold
an hundred talents;

15:008:027 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two
vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.

15:008:028 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the LORD; the vessels
are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill
offering unto the LORD God of your fathers.

15:008:029 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief
of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of
Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the
LORD.

15:008:030 So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver,
and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto
the house of our God.

15:008:031 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of
the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God
was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy,
and of such as lay in wait by the way.

15:008:032 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

15:008:033 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the
vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of
Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar
the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of
Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

15:008:034 By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was
written at that time.

15:008:035 Also the children of those that had been carried away, which
were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto
the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and
six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin
offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.

15:008:036 And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's
lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and
they furthered the people, and the house of God.

15:009:001 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me,
saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the
Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the
lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the
Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.

15:009:002 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for
their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with
the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and
rulers hath been chief in this trespass.

15:009:003 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle,
and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat
down astonied.

15:009:004 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the
words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of
those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the
evening sacrifice.

15:009:005 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and
having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees,
and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God,

15:009:006 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face
to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our
head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

15:009:007 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass
unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and
our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the
lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to
confusion of face, as it is this day.

15:009:008 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the
LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us
a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes,
and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

15:009:009 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our
bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the
kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of
our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us
a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

15:009:010 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have
forsaken thy commandments,

15:009:011 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets,
saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an
unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands,
with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to
another with their uncleanness.

15:009:012 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither
take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or
their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good
of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children
for ever.

15:009:013 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for
our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us
less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such
deliverance as this;

15:009:014 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity
with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be
angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there
should be no remnant nor escaping?

15:009:015 O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet
escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our
trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

15:010:001 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping
and casting himself down before the house of God, there
assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of
men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

15:010:002 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam,
answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our
God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land:
yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.

15:010:003 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away
all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the
counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the
commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the
law.

15:010:004 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be
with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

15:010:005 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and
all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this
word. And they sware.

15:010:006 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into
the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came
thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned
because of the transgression of them that had been carried
away.

15:010:007 And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto
all the children of the captivity, that they should gather
themselves together unto Jerusalem;

15:010:008 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according
to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his
substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the
congregation of those that had been carried away.

15:010:009 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves
together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth
month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people
sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of
this matter, and for the great rain.

15:010:010 And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have
transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the
trespass of Israel.

15:010:011 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your
fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the
people of the land, and from the strange wives.

15:010:012 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice,
As thou hast said, so must we do.

15:010:013 But the people are many, and it is a time of much rain, and we
are not able to stand without, neither is this a work of one
day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this
thing.

15:010:014 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all
them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at
appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and
the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this
matter be turned from us.

15:010:015 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah
were employed about this matter: and Meshullam and Shabbethai
the Levite helped them.

15:010:016 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest,
with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their
fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and
sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the
matter.

15:010:017 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange
wives by the first day of the first month.

15:010:018 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had
taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of
Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib,
and Gedaliah.

15:010:019 And they gave their hands that they would put away their
wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for
their trespass.

15:010:020 And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah.

15:010:021 And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah,
and Jehiel, and Uzziah.

15:010:022 And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael,
Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

15:010:023 Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the
same is Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer.

15:010:024 Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum,
and Telem, and Uri.

15:010:025 Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah,
and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and
Benaiah.

15:010:026 And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and
Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.

15:010:027 And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and
Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza.

15:010:028 Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, and
Athlai.

15:010:029 And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah,
Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth.

15:010:030 And of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah,
Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh.

15:010:031 And of the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah,
Shemaiah, Shimeon,

15:010:032 Benjamin, Malluch, and Shemariah.

15:010:033 Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet,
Jeremai, Manasseh, and Shimei.

15:010:034 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,

15:010:035 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,

15:010:036 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,

15:010:037 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,

15:010:038 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,

15:010:039 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,

15:010:040 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,

15:010:041 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,

15:010:042 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.

15:010:043 Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau,
and Joel, Benaiah.

15:010:044 All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives
by whom they had children.

Book 16 Nehemiah

16:001:001 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to
pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in
Shushan the palace,

16:001:002 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of
Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped,
which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

16:001:003 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the
captivity there in the province are in great affliction and
reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the
gates thereof are burned with fire.

16:001:004 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down
and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed
before the God of heaven,

16:001:005 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and
terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that
love him and observe his commandments:

16:001:006 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou
mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before
thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy
servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel,
which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's
house have sinned.

16:001:007 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept
the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which
thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

16:001:008 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy
servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you
abroad among the nations:

16:001:009 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them;
though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of
the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring
them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

16:001:010 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast
redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

16:001:011 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the
prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who
desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant
this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I
was the king's cupbearer.

16:002:001 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year
of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took
up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been
beforetime sad in his presence.

16:002:002 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad,
seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of
heart. Then I was very sore afraid,

16:002:003 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should
not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my
fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are
consumed with fire?

16:002:004 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request?
So I prayed to the God of heaven.

16:002:005 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy
servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest
send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres,
that I may build it.

16:002:006 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,)
For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return?
So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

16:002:007 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let
letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that
they may convey me over till I come into Judah;

16:002:008 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that
he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the
palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the
city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king
granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.

16:002:009 Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them
the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army
and horsemen with me.

16:002:010 When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the
Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there
was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

16:002:011 So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.

16:002:012 And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither
told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at
Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast
that I rode upon.

16:002:013 And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before
the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of
Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were
consumed with fire.

16:002:014 Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's
pool: but there was no place for the beast that was under me
to pass.

16:002:015 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall,
and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and so
returned.

16:002:016 And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither
had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to
the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the
work.

16:002:017 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how
Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with
fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we
be no more a reproach.

16:002:018 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me;
as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they
said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their
hands for this good work.

16:002:019 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the
Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to
scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye
do? will ye rebel against the king?

16:002:020 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven,
he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and
build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in
Jerusalem.

16:003:001 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the
priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it,
and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they
sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

16:003:002 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them
builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

16:003:003 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also
laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the
locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

16:003:004 And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the
son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of
Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired
Zadok the son of Baana.

16:003:005 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put
not their necks to the work of their LORD.

16:003:006 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and
Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof,
and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the
bars thereof.

16:003:007 And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon
the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the
throne of the governor on this side the river.

16:003:008 Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the
goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of
one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the
broad wall.

16:003:009 And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler
of the half part of Jerusalem.

16:003:010 And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even
over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the
son of Hashabniah.

16:003:011 Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab,
repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces.

16:003:012 And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the
ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.

16:003:013 The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah;
they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks
thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the
wall unto the dung gate.

16:003:014 But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the
ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the
doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

16:003:015 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of
Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and
covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof,
and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by
the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the
city of David.

16:003:016 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the
half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the
sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto
the house of the mighty.

16:003:017 After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next
unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of
Keilah, in his part.

16:003:018 After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad,
the ruler of the half part of Keilah.

16:003:019 And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of
Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury
at the turning of the wall.

16:003:020 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the
other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the
house of Eliashib the high priest.

16:003:021 After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz
another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to
the end of the house of Eliashib.

16:003:022 And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain.

16:003:023 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their
house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son
of Ananiah by his house.

16:003:024 After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece,
from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even
unto the corner.

16:003:025 Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall,
and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that
was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of
Parosh.

16:003:026 Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over
against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that
lieth out.

16:003:027 After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against
the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel.

16:003:028 From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over
against his house.

16:003:029 After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his
house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah,
the keeper of the east gate.

16:003:030 After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun
the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired
Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber.

16:003:031 After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son unto the place
of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate
Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner.

16:003:032 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate
repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.

16:004:001 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded
the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked
the Jews.

16:004:002 And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and
said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves?
will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they
revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are
burned?

16:004:003 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that
which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down
their stone wall.

16:004:004 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach
upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of
captivity:

16:004:005 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted
out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger
before the builders.

16:004:006 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together
unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

16:004:007 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the
Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that
the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches
began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

16:004:008 And conspired all of them together to come and to fight
against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

16:004:009 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch
against them day and night, because of them.

16:004:010 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is
decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to
build the wall.

16:004:011 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see,
till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause
the work to cease.

16:004:012 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them
came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye
shall return unto us they will be upon you.

16:004:013 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on
the higher places, I even set the people after their families

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